The thing is, its not actually bad. It’s just badly placed, wrongly up charged and uninspired for a park that’s only open 10-4. It doesn’t fit, and was the wrong investment in every, way, shape and form. But it is actually a good experience. One I’ve only done twice and will never do again because of lots of factors. But it is quite decent when you do it.
I fully echo these thoughts. I've only experienced the Dungeons once so far and to be honest, I will probably give it another go in the future. The actors truly are brilliant. The level of guest interaction is great - although I ended up being the one that got picked on in all but 1 or 2 of the scenes 😂
The special effects are also really cool, for example in the bar scene and the haunting of molly crowe. We're in a world now where the creatives behind theme park attractions tend to lean and rely too heavily on non-physical props such as screens to do what physical props used to at a fraction of the cost. I've never done a Dungeons attraction before other than the Towers Dungeons, so the use of the back-prodders in the bar scene for example were an unexpected (but actually welcome!) addition.
But as Dan said, the boat ride portion is super lacklustre. I'm not sure why this is - because I remember from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory that there were large, diverse sets in there. So it's not as if there's not areas where theming could
go where it doesn't currently. I think I could recall maybe 3 things that happened on the boat ride, and the rest was just sitting in pitch darkness with the occasional water drip on the top of your head.
Surely something that they could do on the boat ride would possibly have different scenes in it, depicting each of the different scenes that you actually experience during the attraction? Sort of like a 'coming up...' teaser, without actually revealing too much which could potentially ruin the experience. For example, the Molly Crowe scene could literally be nothing short of a dimly lit table in the middle of the room - open window at the back with a thunderstorm playing, wind machine blasting cold air towards you, whilst a lamp falls over or a ouija board planchette moving on its own. It doesn't need to actually tell a story, just be there for a teaser for what's to come.
Honestly, they could do anything
to the boat ride to make it better. I'm sure my idea that I literally just plucked from my head as i'm sat writing this isn't the best course of action and that MMM could do a much better job than little old me, but it's just so much wasted opportunity. In fact, i'd love to go through the boat ride section outside of show mode with the house lights on just to see how much empty space there is. I guarantee you there's entire scenes that are completely bare and have just been painted totally black.